It remains to be seen what, if any, charges will be filed against Hunter Biden as a result of the federal investigation into his business dealings, but some experts have now said the evidence is “unassailable and undeniable” that that he broke foreign lobbying laws.
The federal grand jury related to the probe of President Joe Biden’s son may have disbanded and, thanks to concerns over impacting the upcoming November elections, a conclusion may not come until after the midterms. As American Wire reported, charges “could include alleged tax violations and making a false statement in connections with…purchase of a firearm,” yet the possible “foreign lobbying violations” are holding significant weight with experts.
The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) is a 1938 law that requires any individual acting as “an agent, representative, employee, or servant … at the order, request, or under the direction or control of a ‘foreign principal,'” to register with the United States government with a failure to do as much punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, spoke with The New York Post and expressed, “The recent disclosures of additional foreign contacts has only strengthened what was already a strong case. Indeed, in the last few weeks, the compelling basis for a FARA charge has become unassailable and undeniable.”
“The influence peddling schemes directly reference the President and [Joe Biden] is repeatedly cited as a possible recipient of funds,” Turley added, with specific regard to the number of meetings Hunter had with his father scheduled closely after meeting with foreign officials.
In fact, it had been reported in March that Hunter was keenly aware FARA and in a 2014 email exchange with business partner Devon Archer, he had written Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that he was on the board of, officials, “need to know in no uncertain terms that we will not and cannot intervene directly with domestic policymakers, and that we need to abide by FARA and any other U.S. laws in the strictest sense across the board.”
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Efforts to navigate those murky waters may not have gone as well as Hunter had planned with his numerous arrangements as Craig Engle, a FARA expert and head of the law office Arent Fox Schiff, spoke to the Post about a meeting with the younger Biden and Crown Prince Alexander Karađorđević of Yugoslavia and his wife, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia wherein the royals were said to have asked the president’s son to convey a request for aid from the then-vice president to help fund a restoration of the royal palace in Belgrade.
“If Hunter relayed that request for US government assistance then that would be a FARA registrable event,” Engle said and added, “Given the nature of the client, given the nature of the work, and given his relationship with Joe Biden as demonstrated on his calendar, it makes it likely that FARA is part of an investigation.”
However, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) voiced his doubts about the likelihood of any coming conviction for Biden on FARA charges, arguing the justice system has become too heavily politicized, “Unless the person indicted is a Republican, FARA has historically been a difficult law to prosecute and obtain a conviction for.”
“I have always been suspicious that the criminal investigation of Hunter Biden is another example of the unequal application of justice, with Democrats and their elite allies getting kid glove treatment,” Johnson continued. “My concern is that DOJ will indict Hunter on watered-down charges, and then enter into a plea agreement that includes sealing the records on the case. That would be a travesty because it would deny the American people of knowing the truth and full extent of Biden family corruption.”
His argument is seemingly supported by Attorney General Merrick Garland’s issuance of a memo “in May to prosecutors reiterating the department’s stance on election year sensitivities,” as CNN had reported in seeking to avoid an “advantage or disadvantage to any candidate.” Such an effort ignores the fact that not leveling a charge could just as easily provide an advantage or disadvantage heading into the midterms.
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